Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery is performed in order to help a person lose weight.

Although diet, exercise, behavior therapy and anti-obesity drugs are first-line treatment, bariatric surgery often leads to improvements in quality of life and obesity-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.  

Saint Francis Hospital is designated as a level 1b American College of Surgeons Bariatric Center of Excellence. Receiving this recognition demonstrates that Saint Francis Hospital can manage even the most challenging and complex bariatric patients, and can provide them an optimal opportunity for safe and effective outcomes.